By Annie Lane
After spending a solid three hours wandering the streets of City Heights, I found that it’s possible to do so and still only see a fraction of what the charming, lived-in neighborhood has to offer.
Freeper and longtime City Heights resident Anna Daniels served as my guide, taking me on streets less traveled to see sights like the 47th Street Canyon, where a sign read, among other things, that no guns were allowed. We also visited the nearby Cambodian Buddhist Society of San Diego, its signature orange facade a stark contrast against the blue sky.
The El Rey Tattoo & Barber Shop also was a fun find along 43rd Street. Up and coming in City Heights, the establishment was recently relocated from Barrio Logan where it had quite a following. Owner Randy Jansen has decorated the interior with flash art, motorcycles, painted skateboards, old-style barber chairs and the like. It’s a thrill for the senses and a return to another era. For more about the shop and other neighborhood sites, take a look at Searching for City Heights by Anna Daniels.
All photos by Annie Lane.